Tri on Tuesday

I’ve been “tri”ing to see if I could succeed in training for a sprint triathlon this week.

Yesterday I ran 3 miles (pain free!) in the neighborhood with my husband. Or, almost ran the whole thing with my husband. He stopped around 2 miles to rescues a turtle. I love that man! Anyway, I was pain free but started to get a bit of glut discomfort when sprinting the final downhill. I’ll continue to take it easy, and increase my distance/speed careful, but I think I’m in the clear. My splits were 8:45 (hmm, I’m feeling okay, maybe ill speed up), 8:35 (still feeling good!! Lets cruise!) and 8:18. Yes! Maybe I’ll be ready for the peachtree after all.

Today I decided to hit the stationary bike at the gym.

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I may have not mentioned this before, but I don’t actually even own a bike. I used to (it got stolen from under our patio! But it wasn’t locked up. Or worth the insurance deductible…), and I actually used to bike to/from PT school everyday when we lived in savannah. But it’s been a while (with the exception of some cruising with my parents this weekend!) and I feel like in a tri, biking would definitely be my week sport.

Today I did exactly 15 miles in 50 minutes. I have no idea what is good, or what to expect for racing. I put forth a moderate effort, my legs felt like jello afterwards, and it was awesome to get so much cardio in!! I’m hoping to squeeze in some core/arm work later.

I guess I’m due for a swim for my next workout!

Happy Tuesday!

do you bike for exercise?

have you done a tri? What’s your week sport?

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Weekend and workout recap

What a weekend!! We’re wrapping it up feeling exhausted, and sunburned, but it was a great weekend.

We started strong with new coffee adventures. (To be continued tomorrow!)

Brandon and I really wanted it to be nice outside Saturday, despite the weather report.

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I was rocking my new, tiny, shirt that I won as a price in the 5k. Run fast, get free stuff!!

So we headed out to the beltline, our favorite weekend running destination. The plan was a 3 miler; Brandon hasn’t been running much lately and was nervous about even a simple 5k. We ended up at the end of the trail, and ran a little way off the trail to adventure around a part of the city we don’t see very often…. And then the bottom dropped out. We were caught in a “coming down in sheets” downpour. Panic set in, we went into “protect-the-Garmin-and-sprint-to-the-nearest-bridge” mode. And seriously, that 1 mile that we sprinted in the pouring ran was the most fun I have had running in years. I ran with my hands out, laughing and screaming. We felt so silly, and hung out under the bridge for another 5ish minutes for the rain to slow before we jogged back to the car on a light drizzle.

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Soggy runner.

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We enjoyed a leisurely afternoon yesterday, got a little cleaning done, and had a game night with friends- a perfect ending to a stormy Saturday.

Sunday = the opposite.

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I started this morning with a 3 mile run on the beltline with a friend. She has a much slower pace than I do- we ran ~10 min miles. I called it cross training, and really enjoyed myself, not to mention it was a beautiful morning. As soon as I got home, Brandon asked if I wanted to go back to the beltline. So after a quick lunch, we grabbed rollerblades and his skateboard and went out for an adventure. We were literally at the park for 4 hours, mostly relaxing with friends, playing frisbee and croquet. I forgot my sunscreen…. huge regret. But otherwise, perfect weather, relaxation, park with fiends… That is my kind of a Sunday.

And to finish the weekend off, Brandon and I celebrate our monthiversary. We were married on June 30, 2012, and enjoyed a perfect honeymoon in Mexico. So on the 30th of every month since, we have had a Mexican date night.

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Complete with margaritas.

And on that note… Lets wrap it up with last weeks workouts!

Monday: I can call it a rest day, but really, I was just being lazy.
Tuesday: Again, nothing
Wednesday 3 x 1 mile repeats on treadmill, 6 x 10 crunches, push ups, and squats
Thursday: 2 mile run, 16:00
Friday: 10 x 10 crunches, push ups, and squats
Saturday: 3.5 mile run, 29:06
Sunday: 3 mile run, 1 mile walk, 3 mile rollerblade, frisbee

I’ve been missing our neighborhood walks this week. We have both been so busy with work, but we need to get back out there. I would also love to go for a swim this week. It’s so hard for me to get into a routine of going to the pool. At least I went to the gym early one day this week, so that is a step in the right direction! I’m so excited to be back into push ups etc. Here’s to hoping I keep that up!

Goals for this week: enjoy the weather. Stay outside as much as possible. Don’t get sunburned.

One size fits all

This is my method for managing my one size fits all reflective vest. It actually works really well and keeps the neckline from riding up and flipping around.

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Also regarding this picture, I was remarkable underdressed for my run last night. I don’t know what happened to our nice spring weather, but it was in the low 30s by the time I was done running. My thin shirt and capris weren’t cutting it, and I was really missing my gloves! One of the (many) downsides to running less is that I always forget to charge my Garmin. It died on my run Monday, so I decided to carry my phone last night. MISTAKE! I had no pockets, so my hands were numb from carry my phone by the time the run was over. Icing on the cake? My phone seriously died while I was running.
As many complaints as I have about last nights run, it was so proud of me and the hubby. It was just over 3 miles, but getting out there, not being sick, and no snow day sure does feel good!!!

I’ve also been keeping up with my little strength workout. It’s not much, but it feels so good to be consistent.

Tuesday: 100 crunches/ 50 push ups/ 30 squats/ 30 dips

Wednesday: 100 crunches/ 60 push ups/ 30 squats/ 20 dips

I’ve been avoiding squats like the plague because they always make my hips so sore… But that’s probably WHY I should be focusing on them! Maybe today is the day!!

I’m SO excited to get to spend time with family tonight. We are headed up to my grandmothers for dinner with my cousin, his wife, and their baby. They are in town from Seattle and we haven’t seen them in a year- the baby probably isn’t so much of a baby anymore! My grandmother lives in town, but it’s embarrassing how rarely we see her. It can be so hard to get around the ‘burbs on weekdays, and we are all so busy on weekends!!

How often do you see your family?

Things you have time for when you aren’t binge-watching How I Met Your Mother

TONIGHT!

My husband was working on finishing a big project, so I had some extra time to myself tonight.

First, I worked late.

We ran 3 miles when I got home. It felt awesome. I was so worried that it would be miserable, or hard to get back out there. But it felt so good. Like, I want some more, a lot more miles, soon, good. So I’ll be back.

100 crunches/50 push ups/ 30 squats/ 30 dips

I made home-made seitan for dinner (and mashed potatoes and roasted brussels)

I helped husband proof read said project, and felt like I was in college.

I washed/dried/folded and put away 2 loads of laundry (my arch nemesis).

I cleaned the kitchen like it hasn’t been cleaned in weeks. Counters, floors, the works.

I paid the bills, and even wrote a TWO thank you notes.

I had time for little-old-blog.

And actually STILL watched 2 episodes of HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER. We’re so obsessed with this show right now. We occasionally refer to watching this show as “hanging out with our friends”. This is my life. We just started season 8. No spoilers OR ELSE.

 

But this post has a point. I used to be very easily overwhelmed about the frustration of everyday tasks. I’ve been on a mission to “take back the weeknight”. I would be upset that I had to go grocery shopping, that we were out of shampoo, or that I was behind on the laundry. My husband has had a lot more time to help with domestic tasks lately, which has helped me feel less burdened by the monotony of chores, and has helped me realize that IT’S NOT SO BAD. We spend a LOT of downtime on weeknights that should be taken advantage of. I get home by 5 most days, and don’t go to sleep until after 10. So that’s 20ish hours a week that I have a choice, stress about “what’s for dinner, do I have clean scrubs, I have to exercise”, or enjoy time with my husband, enjoy the outdoors, get productive things done around the house in small doses, and RELAX. Look at everything that I did today! I got to run, cook a great meal, I felt productive, I’m way ahead on things that need to get done this week, and it felt good! I need to continue remember to may time for satisfying things that I enjoy (cooking exciting foods, running, writing notes and blogging!) in between floors, sorting, folding, and writing checks.

Preaching to the choir, I know.

Did anyone else have an unusually good Monday? 

Twice in a row

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Somehow, against all odds, I went for a run after work yesterday. After working for 6 days straight, through the snowstorm, and after running on Friday, I somehow ran 3 more miles yesterday.

It took a bit of encouragement. Brandon ran while I was at work which got my competitive spirit going. But when I got home, my heart was saying yes but my body was saying no. I forced myself into my clothes (half the battle!) and he promised me a glass of wine when I got home. I didn’t go a step over 3 miles, but I’m so glad I did it!

To celebrate surviving the week, and a friends birthday, we went out with friends last night and stayed out later than I have in years! It felt fun to pretend we were in college, and I met some fun new friends. An epic night called for an epic brunch today- recipe for whole wheat strawberry coconut pancakes coming soon!!

Have you had a good weekend? How do you stay motivated to exercise when life wears you out?

Typical Georgia weather

After the crazy week we have had with snow in Atlanta, it was in the high 50s and sunny when I got home from work today! There is still plenty of snow in the shady areas, but I knew the sidewalks should be safe enough for a run. Brandon and I ran a 5k around the neighborhood in PERFECT running weather, although it did feel funny running in short in the snow! I have no concept of our pace; my Garmin battery died within the first 1/4 mile. The 1st and 3rd miles were great, but we did have to take a few walking breaks over ice patches in the 2nd mile.

I’ll finish up this post with a silly Georgia weather picture!

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Have a great, relaxing Friday night!!

Catch up

I initially got off to a strong start on this blog, but where did I go?!

I have a list of excuses (busy with work…) but rather than complaining, I would rather just jump right back into it. What have I been up to this week- lets catch up on workouts!!

Week in Workouts
Monday: Rest.
Tuesday: 3 miler with hubby, 27ish minutes. We both were exhausted and couldn’t push it at all, plus my Garmin wouldn’t located satellites- no motivation!! 100 crunches, 50 push-ups.
Wednesday: Mental workout at trivia!
Thursday: 3.17, 26:45.
Friday: We walked to/from happy hour (about a mile from home) for the PERFECT Friday “workout!”
Saturday: Climbed Stone Mountain
Sunday: Similar to Friday, we picked a brunch spot 2 miles away for a long walk. 45 minutes of frisbee in the afternoon, topped off with 100 crunches and 50 push-ups.

This week felt like an off week as far as running goes. I struggle to motivate myself to run (particularly longer distances) without a goal in mind. My husband was ready for our next race too. I have a late March half in mind- but I’m going to sign up before we make it official. I’m also contemplating a sprint tri this spring to keep things interesting! We’ll see how it goes getting back into training for running!!

Do you have trouble staying motivated without a race on the calendar?